THOMAS GASCOYNE.
17th February 1773
Reference Numbert17730217-25
VerdictGuilty > theft under 1s
SentenceCorporal > whipping

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296. (L.) THOMAS GASCOYNE was indicted for stealing fifteen wooden crops, value 4 s. the property of Joseph Stevens , Jan. 23 . ++

Joseph Stevens . I keep a public house . On the 23d of January, between six and seven in the evening, I lost 15 wooden crops; they were in two parcels hung up behind the door: my house is a watering house for coachmen; one of the coachmen took them down to look at; I bid him tie them up and hang them up again, which he did; the prisoner was in the house, and had a pennyworth of purl; there was a call for three or four coachmen; they went out; a coachman came in and wanted a stick; my wife called to me to know if I had taken them down; I came to see, and the prisoner was gone.

Q. Could the prisoner have gone out of the place and taken them at this time?

Stevens. He sat by the fire in the tap room; these were behind the door.

Q. Could the prisoner go out without your seeing of him?

Stevens. I was not in the tap room when he went out.

Q. What is the prisoner?

Stevens. A coachman . A gentleman's servant came in as we were talking of the sticks, and said he saw a man go out with the sticks under his arm; I went and found the sticks at George Lewsmore's, where he had sold them. (The sticks produced and deposed to by the prosecutor.)

George Lewsmore . The prisoner brought the sticks into my house about nine o'clock; I keep the Magpye and Horse-shoe in Fenchurch-street; he offered them to sale; I told him to call the waterman to look at them; the waterman said they were very good sticks; he asked me to buy them; he asked 5 s. for them; I gave him 4 s. Mr. Stevens came to enquire after them about an hour and a half after he was gone; I shewed them to him; he said they were his; I delivered them to the constable.

George Wood . I am the maker of the sticks; I sold them to Mr. Stevens; I know one of these sticks very well; I remarked it when I brought them home.

Q. Did you sell any other bundle of sticks about that time to one Mr. Stevens?

Wood. No; I sold them him about a fortnight before.

Q. to Stevens. You bought these sticks of Wood?

Wood. Yes.

Hudson. I am servant to Mr. Lewsmore; the prisoner brought these very sticks into my master's house.

Prisoner's Defence.

I am as innocent as the child unborn in taking the sticks and selling them.

Guilty 10 d. W .


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